minerva weddell sea antarctic peninsula cruise

Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

  • Overview

    Fulfil your dreams on this bucket-list cruise aboard our boutique expedition ship and experience epic landscapes and phenomenal wildlife on a life-changing adventure. This voyage takes you across the notorious Drake Passage straight to the frozen Antarctic Peninsula where you discover mesmerising icy scenes of both the Gerlache Strait and exceptionally beautiful Antarctic Sound. You will step ashore onto beaches crammed with penguins for fabulous photo opportunities before returning via the South Shetland Islands. This unforgettable journey will leave you with remarkable tales of how you achieved your life goal by visiting one of the most remote places on the planet.

    Duration: 12 days
    Passengers: 152 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating:
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.25x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - USHUAIA

      Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

    • Day 2/3 - AT SEA

      Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

    • Day 4/5 - ANTARCTIC SOUND & WEDDELL SEA

      As you sail quietly past house-sized, free-floating tabular icebergs and pancake ice, you may be able to hear the sounds of creaking and popping as huge chunks break off and crash into the sea. While Gerlache Strait is filled with ice, the Antarctic Sound takes it up a notch with even more impressive bergs and ice cliffs. Possible landing points where you will meet thousands of breeding Adélie penguins include Brown Bluff and Paulet Island.

    • Day 6/8 - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

      Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

    • Day 9 - SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

      While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

    • Day 10/11 - AT SEA

      Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

    • Day 12 - USHUAIA

      Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Drake Passage

    Dare to brave the notoriously rough two-day Drake Passage sea crossing

    Monumental icebergs

    Compare monumental icebergs in the Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound as you head to the Weddell Sea

    Hundreds of penguins

    Get up close to hundreds of penguins as they gather in their thousands in their natural habitat

    Keep an eye out at sea

    Keep an eye out at sea for breaching whales and huge albatross overhead

    Listen to our experts

    Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our team of experienced photographers

  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
    - 24-hour room service
    - All meals onboard
    - One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
    - Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
    - One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
    - Onboard gratuities and port taxes
    - Standard WiFi
    - Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
    - Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
    - Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
    - Passport and Visa expenses
    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - Travel medical insurance including medical repatriation (mandatory)
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
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  • Vessel

    SH Minerva is a brand new ship has been designed to journey to off the beaten path destinations and remote polar regions in style and comfort. The ship incorporates a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilisers to make your journey as smooth as possible.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 152
    Crew #: 120
    Ice Class: PC5
    Speed: 15
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2021
    Length: 115m
    Width: 23
    Draft: 5
    Tonnage: 10600
    Registry: Malta
    Elec Outlets:
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Oceanview Low

14 Jan 2024 - 25 Jan 2024
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
AUD$ 28,182pp
AUD$ 28,182pp
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Oceanview Medium

14 Jan 2024 - 25 Jan 2024
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
AUD$ 29,456pp
AUD$ 29,456pp
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Balcony D5

14 Jan 2024 - 25 Jan 2024
Located at the forward and aft of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
AUD$ 32,286pp
AUD$ 32,286pp
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Balcony M5

14 Jan 2024 - 25 Jan 2024
Located at the centre of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
AUD$ 33,776pp
AUD$ 33,776pp
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Balcony D6

14 Jan 2024 - 25 Jan 2024
Located on deck six, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
AUD$ 37,086pp
AUD$ 37,086pp
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Suite

14 Jan 2024 - 25 Jan 2024
Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
AUD$ 42,928pp
AUD$ 42,928pp
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Premium Suite

14 Jan 2024 - 25 Jan 2024
Our grandest suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, spacious walk in wardrobe and a 12 sq.m private balcony.
AUD$ 49,801pp
AUD$ 49,801pp